Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-25-08, 07:17 AM   #1
adrien
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear
Posts: 1,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
self-supported century complete!



Well, thanks guys, I did it yesterday. Old town Alexandria to Purcellville and back. It was a cloudless day when I set out, winds 5-10 mph as headwinds on the way out. Total Ride stats:

100.68 miles
7:03:28
3,457 feet climing
14.3 MPH average

Bike is a Kona JTS with custom deep-vs.

It was a great ride. It got a little wierd for me on the way out when I got to sections I'd never ridden -- semmed like one long hill for the last 15 miles before the turnaround...into the wind. I seriously started thinking about the web search on the berry to find a cab home. But I made it to Purcellville, got some energy drinks (so i could mix it up a little from the food i had) and decided to try. Miles 55-80 were ver smooth and easy, and I stopped for an ice cream in Vienna as a carnival had literally blocked the trail.

Developed a cramp in my left quad at 88 miles, stopped and stretched at 90 and that took care of it. As I pulled into the driveway I almost went for another stretch to make it a double metric, as I felt fine.

Total consumption: 4 gel packs, a falafel sandwich, a power br and an ice cream. 4 liters of water, 2 mixed accelerades and 2 sport drinks.

BTW, aluminum is fine. The Kona was stable and very comfy for the ride. 2 advils this morning and am a little sore, but not what I expected.

So -- who wants to come next time?
adrien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 07:23 AM   #2
sherbornpeddler
Senior Member
 
sherbornpeddler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
Bikes: 3 speeds, mountain, road and recumbent
Posts: 1,314
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
century congrats

Great!
Congratulations for a big milestone. Sounds like you also made it a fine, enjoyable bicycle ride, not just a grind. I was about to be critical when you alluded to a crackberry but you erased my purist's concern by having ice cream.
sherbornpeddler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 07:25 AM   #3
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Bikes:
Posts: 22,645
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yippy!....another first century. I did my first recently. Doesn't it feel great?

It's so funny you mentioned how well you felt at the end because I was surprised how the last 10 miles was easier than the first 10. It must be a mental thing knowing that the end is in sight.

Congrats
coasting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 07:32 AM   #4
Nycycle
Senior Member
 
Nycycle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Taylorsville Utah
Bikes: Long Haul Trucker
Posts: 785
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wanna go, I hear Seattle has real nice trails.
Utah is king of dirt bike trails, but hurts on the road bike thing, too many cars.
Nycycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 08:34 AM   #5
adrien
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear
Posts: 1,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nycycle View Post
I wanna go, I hear Seattle has real nice trails.
Utah is king of dirt bike trails, but hurts on the road bike thing, too many cars.
You're more than welcome to come, but I'm in VA, just outside DC...
adrien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 10:01 AM   #6
Tabor
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Surly Pacer with full Ultegra
Posts: 1,016
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This thread is useless without pics!
Tabor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 10:29 AM   #7
adrien
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear
Posts: 1,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wife had didgicam, alas...next time
adrien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 10:48 AM   #8
zpl
Bike Fun Fanatic
 
zpl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: 2008 Salsa Casseroll, 2012 Surly Disc Trucker
Posts: 619
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congratulations Adrien. Self-supported centuries are hard. I have yet to do one, but am hoping to make an attempt in June.
zpl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 02:16 PM   #9
Mazama
Bikezilla
 
Mazama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Flori-Duh
Bikes: Co-Motion Mazama
Posts: 881
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice work! Yeah, stretching and water are key ingredients. When I did my century I stretched every 10 miles and drank every 5.
Mazama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 02:19 PM   #10
goldfishin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
how do you carry enough water for that?
goldfishin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 03:02 PM   #11
kokomo61
Senior Member
 
kokomo61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Herndon, VA
Bikes: Giant OCR C2, Kona Jake the Snake, Scattante 650-R
Posts: 893
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
On the W&OD trail there are a few drinking fountains (none at the Shirlington turnaround, unfortunately). Also, there are at least 3 7-11's on or near the trail, along with a couple other stores. Other than the long uphill stretch that he mentions and 2-3 other steep but short climbs, it's a fairly straightforward ride.
__________________
Giant OCR C2
Fuji Cross Pro
Scattante 650-R
'06 Kona Jake the Snake - back to stock, and up for sale.
kokomo61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 04:09 PM   #12
bdinger
Chubby super biker
 
bdinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Nebraska
Bikes:
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice job! As everyone else mentioned, I think a key to century success is regular rest stops during the ride and fuel. The Jake seems to be another very popular bike, for good reason, I think it's a heck of a nice combo.

Next time, pics!
bdinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 05:39 PM   #13
v1k1ng1001
Gorntastic!
 
v1k1ng1001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: United States of Mexico
Bikes:
Posts: 3,424
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It is not that bad if you have lots of places to buy food and such. If you're riding out in the middle of nowhere, it is fairly difficult.
__________________
v1k1ng1001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 10:39 PM   #14
unixpro
Laid back bent rider
 
unixpro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Burien, WA
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro 20
Posts: 1,134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good job! It feels good to know you can do something that only a very small fraction of riders will ever even attempt, eh?
unixpro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-08, 06:58 AM   #15
flip18436572
Triathlon in my future???
 
flip18436572's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southwest Iowa
Bikes: Junk, that is why I am here. :-)
Posts: 2,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
GREAT JOB!!!!! Reading about these makes me want to do one. I don't know about you, but pictures is just not a priority for me while riding my road bike. If I was doing it on my other bike, I would probably stop and take some pictures.

I still haven't found a safe road ride in my area that is a 100 mile loop, but I did find a safe 40 mile loop, so I may do that twice and then throw in a short 10+ mile loop around town. The 40.2 mile loop takes me to a Casey's store if I need it and back to my garage, so I can put in some really cold drinks if I need it. And I can reload on energy bars if I need to.

Again - GREAT JOB !!!!!! And thanks for the inspiration.
__________________
2007 Jamis Ventura Comp
2006 Jamis Explorer 2.0
2000 Specialized Hardrock (bought used)
Swim, Bike, Run and sounds like fun
flip18436572 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-08, 10:33 AM   #16
adrien
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear
Posts: 1,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Rode the recovery ride today -- did fine. 32.35 miles at average of 13.5
adrien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-08, 11:07 AM   #17
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll be posting a Certificate for this as soon as I have all my software reloaded. I had a system crash and had to do a clean install on everything.
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-08, 11:44 AM   #18
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-08, 01:55 PM   #19
adrien
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear
Posts: 1,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks, Tom!
adrien is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-08, 03:33 PM   #20
dobber
Perineal Pressurized
 
dobber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: In Ebritated
Bikes:
Posts: 6,557
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by goldfishin View Post
how do you carry enough water for that?
You don't. Stop a local convenience stores and replenish.

My typical century rider has 4 bottles, two in the conventional positions and two more in a Profile Aqua rack behind the saddle. I can also stow another one on the aero bars.

Props for the 100 mile ride. I've done a couple of them in the past year, typically riding up into the Adirondacks.
__________________
This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
dobber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-08, 05:03 AM   #21
Neil_B
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by adrien View Post


Well, thanks guys, I did it yesterday. Old town Alexandria to Purcellville and back. It was a cloudless day when I set out, winds 5-10 mph as headwinds on the way out. Total Ride stats:

100.68 miles
7:03:28
3,457 feet climing
14.3 MPH average

Bike is a Kona JTS with custom deep-vs.

It was a great ride. It got a little wierd for me on the way out when I got to sections I'd never ridden -- semmed like one long hill for the last 15 miles before the turnaround...into the wind. I seriously started thinking about the web search on the berry to find a cab home. But I made it to Purcellville, got some energy drinks (so i could mix it up a little from the food i had) and decided to try. Miles 55-80 were ver smooth and easy, and I stopped for an ice cream in Vienna as a carnival had literally blocked the trail.

Developed a cramp in my left quad at 88 miles, stopped and stretched at 90 and that took care of it. As I pulled into the driveway I almost went for another stretch to make it a double metric, as I felt fine.

Total consumption: 4 gel packs, a falafel sandwich, a power br and an ice cream. 4 liters of water, 2 mixed accelerades and 2 sport drinks.....

So -- who wants to come next time?
I'll take you up on that offer some time in the future, although I'd get dropped at your pace. It sounds a wonderful ride.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-08, 06:13 AM   #22
Air
Destroyer of Wheels
 
Air's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Creating some FA-Qs
Bikes: Nishiki Sport, Downtube IXNS, 1950's MMB3 Russian Folding Bike, MTB
Posts: 3,598
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congratulations - that's awesome!
__________________
The Almighty Clyde FAQ || Northeast Index
eTrex Vista References || Road Reference


It's the year of the enema!
Air is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-08, 06:33 AM   #23
AirBeagle1
2nd Century TBD
 
AirBeagle1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: Felt F75, Trek 7.2 FX
Posts: 145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Way to go!!!!!
__________________
My Biking Blog: http://bikebeagle.blogspot.com
AirBeagle1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-08, 11:48 AM   #24
keithm0
Grizzled Curmudgeon
 
keithm0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Woodinville, WA
Bikes: Specialized Stumpjumper (hardtail), Co-Motion Nor'Wester
Posts: 467
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by zpl View Post
Congratulations Adrien. Self-supported centuries are hard. I have yet to do one, but am hoping to make an attempt in June.
+100 on that.

I've read on other threads that self-supported centuries somehow "don't count". Bull. I've done organized and self-supported centuries, and the latter are much more difficult simply because they *are* self-supported: you must carry (or chose a route that allows you to buy) your own food, water, mechanical support, etc.

Well done, adrien!
__________________
keithmo.com
keithm0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-08, 11:54 AM   #25
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Keith, here in Clyde\'s, a self supported Century certainly counts. It might not be sanctioned by any organization, but hey, we aren't racing for a titlew, either. or trying to qualify for any randoneuring medals.

Quote:
Originally Posted by keithm0 View Post
+100 on that.

I've read on other threads that self-supported centuries somehow "don't count". Bull. I've done organized and self-supported centuries, and the latter are much more difficult simply because they *are* self-supported: you must carry (or chose a route that allows you to buy) your own food, water, mechanical support, etc.

Well done, adrien!
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:50 PM.